German manuscript prayer book, the title page reading “Geistlicher Blumenkranz von auserlesenen Fragen / Morgen-Meß- Beicht-Kommunion / Wochen-Abend und andern aus den Psalmen David gezogen / Andacht eines frommen Christen / Zusammengeflochten Anno 1788. [Spiritual flower wreath of selected questions / Devotional of a devout Christian with morning mass, confession, communion. / Week night and others pulled from David’s psalms / Braided together in the year 1788].. [Tyrol], 1788
This interesting German personal devotional manuscript was “braided together” as the title page notes, from the psalms and other sacred texts and prayers. Its provenance suggests that it came from the Tyrol, in the Alps in western Austria.
on hold: $2,200
(MAGRITTE, RENÉ.) Mesens, E. L. T
Troisième front poèmes de guerre suivi de pièces detachés. Third front & detached pieces. London Gallery Editions, 1944
FIRST EDITION. Copy number 18 of 500 signed and numbered by Mesens. Inscribed to René Magritte and his wife: “A Georgette Magritte A René Magritte, l’exemplaire réservé pour lui, sa Femme, Noukels et Barfoot, depuis 1944. E. M.”
Typed letter signed to Anthony Peek, manager of the Theatre Royal Haymarket.. London, July 24, 1985
Harold Pinter complains about policies at Theatre Royal Haymarket.
(WEST END THEATRE.) Woolley, Kim
Collection of six original views of “Strand Theatre at Work” signed by the artist. London, 1984
These delightful views depict scenes at the Strand Theatre (now the Novello Theatre) in London’s West End. They range from views of the boxes and theater-goers to the box office to backstage scenes. The box office advertises the original production of Tom Stoppard’s The Real Thing, which ran at the Strand from 1982 to 1985.
TENNENT, LAETITIA EMERSON
“Poetry of Flowers” autograph manuscript watercolor album. No place, ca. 1820s
This splendid album of botanical watercolors and the “poetry of flowers,” the product of years of reading, writing, and painting, was created by Lady Laetitia Emerson Tennent. She collected several hundred poems and lines of verse concerning flowers and the language of flowers written by poets from Shakespeare and Spenser to Wordsworth and other Romantics, the famous and the obscure.
HUTH, HELEN ROSE
Splendid album containing 50 watercolors, 70 photographs, and fine calligraphic selections of poems and prose. Mostly Possingworth and environs, 1890s
This magnificent, imposing album was made by a prominent late-Victorian hostess, patron of the arts, and gifted amateur artist. Helen Rose Huth was the wife of the banker Louis Huth. The Huths were major art collectors, and Helen sat for both George Frederic Watts and James Abbott McNeill Whistler who painted the celebrated “Arrangement in Black, No. 2: Portrait of Mrs Louis Huth.”
Autograph manuscript signed, “Palestine: The Economic Aspect”. No place, 1946
In this long essay Harold Laski, one of the most influential public intellectuals of the 20th century, discusses the economic future of Palestine and the Jews immigrating there following World War II. Laski’s greatest influence came as a prolific author, professor at the London School of Economics, and leading advisor to the Labour Party. “Laski was a writer who exercised enormous influence in the turbulent environment of the early to mid-twentieth century. Though normally regarded as a political theorist, Laski frequently wrote on the problems of international politics” (Peter Lamb).